- Blue Bee Brewery - As the festive season begins we keep ploughing forward with new specials non of which are particular festive (Bah Humbug). The first of which is yet another in our seies of Geek beers which always uses what has to be our favourite hop Mosaic. We have showcased this American hop in Voyage Geek 5.0% which […]
- Steel City Brewing - In 2015, Steel City managed to brew 7 times. Dave decided this was a frankly ridiculous state of affairs, so with grit, determination and sheer hard work has managed to get 2016’s tally to 4… The final brew of the year is a collaboration with Imperial brewery of Mexborough (well, Dave has emptied their hop […]
- Sheffield Brewery Company - It’s the most wonderful time of year to live in Sheffield. There’s nowhere more magical than walking down Fargate during the festive season, savoring the smell of roasted chestnuts, enjoying the hearty brass bands of Yorkshire, and taking in the fairy lights hanging from the Christmas trees. We end our tenth year celebrations this month […]
- Abbeydale Brewery - That time of year already! It’s going to be a storming end to 2016 for us here at Abbeydale as by the time you read this the new artwork for our core beers – Moonshine, Deception, Absolution, Black Mass and Daily Bread – will have been unveiled! We hope you’ll agree that the new designs […]
- Stancill Brewery - Christmas comes but once a year and to celebrate, Sheffield’s Stancill Brewery has produced a trio of seasonal festive specials to enjoy by the fireside in your local, bringing together flavours from Christmas past, present and future! Blizzard is features the classic characteristics of everything that’s great about a Stancill brew; a smooth, sweet and […]
Manchester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival
Thu 19 – Sat 21 Jan
The annual Manchester Beer & Cider Festival returns to Manchester Central (previously known as G-Mex) for the second year, a grand former rail station, with over 600 beers, ciders and perries. It is open noon to 10:30 pm Thursday and Friday, noon to 7pm on Saturday. Deansgate rail station is just a few minutes walk from the venue. See www.mancbeerfest.uk for more information.
Chesterfield CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival
Fri 3 – Sat 4 Feb
The main annual CAMRA beer festival in Chesterfield, held at the Winding Wheel Theatre in the town centre, a short walk from the railway station and even closer to the bus stops with buses 43/44/50/50a/X17 going there from Sheffield. The festival is over three rooms – the main hall where live music is featured at the evening sessions along with two further rooms upstairs with themed bars. Hot and cold food is also available. Open 11am to 4pm (entry £5.50) and 6:30pm to 11pm (entry £6.50). Advance tickets advisable for the evening sessions.
Derby CAMRA Winter Ales & Cider Festival
Wed 15 – Sat 18 Feb
The Derby Winter festival is in the Derby College Roundhouse building located at the rear of the railway station, open from 5pm to 11pm Wednesday then 11am to 11pm the rest of the week. Regular trains run from Sheffield to Derby, journey about 35 minutes. More details http://www.derbycamra.org.uk/winter-beer-festival/
CAMRA National Winter Ales & Cider Festival
Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb
Held in the historic St Andrews & Blackfriars halls in Norwich. For more details see www.nwaf.org.uk. Direct trains run hourly from Sheffield to Norwich, cheaper train tickets are available if booked in advance.
Rotherham Magna Real Ale & Music Festival
Thu 2 – Sat 4 Mar
This big charity event featuring around 250 real ales on handpump plus cider and perry, wine, food and live music in an old steel works is back for 2017 after a year off.
- Pub of the month gallery -
- Pub of the Month, November 2016: The Hillsborough Hotel - Now my association with the Hillsborough Hotel goes back a long way. From the heady days of Dell Tilling, when the bar only opened Thursday to Sunday and we packed in to drink Brian Hendry’s excellent Crown HPA and Stannington Stout. Well since then the Hillsborough has gone through some ups and downs and in […]
- Special award for Nigel Williams - Now and again our branch members put forward a nomination for a special award outside our usual pub and beer awards to recognise people or businesses that have contributed towards the good pub and beer scene in our area. The latest of these awards presented (after a little delay!) was to Nigel Williams, who retired […]
- Sheffield Pub of the month, October 2016: The White Lion, Heeley - The White Lion has not only been a constant fixture on London Road since 1781, it has been a constant favourite on the Sheffield beer scene, appearing in 28 editions of the Good Beer Guide. Its 28th appearance is in 2017. The architectural history of this one pub alone could fill an entire issue of […]
- District Pub of the Season – Three Stags Head, Wardlow Mires - Our District Pub of the Season award is a programme that recognises the good ale pubs in the Derbyshire part of our branch area, some of which is rural parts of the Peak District National Park. Pubs are nominated and voted for by our members who drink in those pubs. The winner of our inaugural […]
- Another Peak District pub tour enjoyed! - On Saturday 12th November a minibus full of local CAMRA members visited a number of Peak District pubs in our branch area. The final destination was our District Pub of the Season award winner, the Three Stags Heads at Wardlow Mires, before then we stopped off at the Anglers Rest community pub in Bamford; the […]
- Blue Stoops, Dronfield - The Blue Stoops on Dronfield High Street has now reopened following extensive refurbishment and renovation of this historical building by True North Brewery. The bar has four handpumps serving real ales from True North and guests along with various keg beers and ciders, a wide selection of gins and other spirits. Food is served all […]
- Gardeners Rest, Neepsend - We’re proud to announce that the Gardeners Rest Community Society has reached its lower funding target of £100,000 in its effort to take the Gardeners Rest in Neepsend into community ownership following the retirement of Pat and Eddy, the current owners and managers. We are now in a good position to negotiate grants and loans […]
- Yorkshire Heritage Pub Guide – update - If you have bought a copy of the guide or are simply interested in the subject, you can download an update sheet by clicking here
- Pub Heritage focus – The Lescar, Sharrow Vale - The Lescar (Sharrow Vale Road, S11) is possibly unique in that 1909 plans include the addition of a new ‘Children’s’ Entrance’ on the side of the building. These include a reference to ‘Obscure Glass,’ – presumably so that the ‘children’ could not see into goings-on inside. An earlier 1898 plan indicates a three-roomed pub with […]
- News Inn Brief
The Three Tuns in Sheffield City Centre have a new food menu offering good hearty food, sandwiches and chip butties. On 1st December they are hosting a Blue Bee Brewery tap takeover.
The public beer festival at SIBA BeerX in 2017 will be called ‘Beer Alive!‘ and take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March with a number of changes from previous years. As with the last couple of years, Sheffield Beer Week will again run on the same week that the SIBA conference is in Sheffield.
The Miners Arms at Hundall is hosting their Christmas Carol service on 22nd December at 7pm.
The Howard in Sheffield City Centre, a Marstons pub, has been closed for a refurbishment, reopening on the 18th November.
The Jolly Farmer at Dronfield Woodhouse is hosting a Christmas charity fundraiser for Chesterfield Macmillan Cancer Centre appeal on 18th December from 4:30pm. This is suitable for all the family with Santa present with gifts for the kids, carol singing, raffle and more.
Advance notice for those with busy diaries is Toolmakers brewery’s hospitality room being open and hosting live music on 18th February 2017.
On the Edge Brewery will be hosting their next 9 Pin evening in May 2017.
A new small cafe bar called Drink Inn appears to be in the process of being opened on Commercial Street next to Ponds Forge (across from Fitzalan Square tram stop). Nothing appears to have been publically announced at the time of writing.
Stagecoach bus are running a special 5 travel all day for a fiver promotion in Sheffield on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of January – perfect for groups doing pub crawls by bus! See www.stagecoachbus.com for details.
- Sheffield Asset of Community Value update - University Arms ACV rejection – no meeting with SCC In late September, Sheffield City Council (SCC) refused our application to register the University Arms (UA) as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The decision then was ‘called-in.’ Our Chair and myself attended the Scrutiny Committee 20th.October, during SCBF42. The ACV rejection decision remained unchanged. […]
- Assets of Community Value update – University Arms rejection called in - University Arms ACV rejection is ‘called-in’ On 27th.September, Sheffield City Council (SCC) refused our application to register the University Arms (UA) as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). However, a week later, the decision was ‘called-in’ by the opposition. As soon as the decision was made public, the Sheffield CAMRA Chair and myself agreed […]
- L. Stuart Burrows - The Sheffield pub scene has lost one of its great characters. L Stuart Burrows, the long-serving licensee of the Mount Pleasant on Derbyshire Lane, died unexpectedly on Friday, 29th July. Stuart, a former Sales Metallurgist/Chemist found his true vocation when he took the licence in September, 1993. At the time the only real ale available was […]
- Sons of the Desert on tour - A group of Laurel and Hardy fans, Sons of the Dessert, took a mini bus to Ulverston in Cumbria, the birth place of Stan Laurel. The Stan Laurel Inn has six hand pulled beers, mainly from local breweries and my choice was Barngates Brathay Gold. A few minutes walk away is the house where Stan Laurel was […]
- Introducing Peel Ale - Beer Matters, as the newsletter of Sheffield & District branch of CAMRA, has throughout its life so far – all 466 issues across over 40 years – included the town of Dronfield and the surrounding villages in its area of coverage. However Dronfield now has its own CAMRA branch with its own local group of […]